Wherever you are in the world building a heartfelt home is a complex task in itself, let alone relocating to a foreign country where one needs a dose of courage and a sprinkling of an adventurous mind-set. Over the long history of China, foreigners have left their home shores and crossed the seas to take part in vibrant and complex communities within China.With each passing day, new stories are being imparted, and unique experiences are being made. In this fast-changing world of rapid news consumption and advancing technology, the contextual environment that allowed for such a story to take place may be lost to the winds of time, but their messages carry on. that’s China has collected a range of distinctive stories picked from the minds of various people who have observed trends, witnessed events and soaked in the rich cultural history during their time in China. Some writings may induce a giggle, cause a light-bulb moment, or make you
nd consider the world around you, but all are personal journeys on the soil of China. In particular academic and writer David P. Purnell has contributed a considerable amount of wisdom to this edition. He draws on his many years of living and teaching in Beijing, studying in Taiwan, and various travelling trips he made across China, to retell an eclectic mix of true stories.These recollections play out in all kinds of places, from a local post office to a bustling train station in Zhengzhou. Whether you have experienced similar situations, or have never witnessed such an occurrence, we hope you enjoy reading these widescoping sincere stories about a vast country.